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Publishers: Salman Rushdie to release first novel in seven years

Publishers: Salman Rushdie to release first novel in seven years

January 30, 2015

LONDON, Jan 30 ― British author Salman Rushdie's first novel in seven years will be released in September, his publishers said yesterday. The title, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, is a reference to the collection of folk tales known as the Arabian Nights. It “blends history, mythology and a timeless love story to bring alive a world that has been plunged into an age of unreason,” publishers Jonathan Cape said in a statement. Rushdie, known for lengthy tomes such... Read more

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Japanese manga cartoonist Otomo wins top French award

Japanese manga cartoonist Otomo wins top French award ANGOULEME (France), Jan 30 ― Japan's Katsuhiro Otomo yesterday became the first manga cartoonist to win a lifetime achievement award at France's renowned international Angouleme comics... Read more

Japan, South Korea about to agree on ‘comfort women’ issue, reveals memoir

Japan, South Korea about to agree on ‘comfort women’ issue, reveals memoir SEOUL, Jan 30 ― A memoir of South Korea's previous president Lee Myung-bak reveals Japan and South Korea were about to agree on terms for settling the issue of “comfort women” serving... Read more

Book talk: Hossein Mousavian shows an ‘insider’ view on US-Iran’s road to peace

Book talk: Hossein Mousavian shows an ‘insider’ view on US-Iran’s road to peace ANKARA, Jan 30 ― Hossein Mousavian thinks a big reason Iran has not struck a deal with six major powers over its nuclear programme boils down to a lack of understanding between Tehran and... Read more

The Thorn Birds author Colleen McCullough passes away

The Thorn Birds author Colleen McCullough passes away SYDNEY, Jan 29 —  Australian author Colleen McCullough, whose 1977 best-selling novel The Thorn Birds became a smash hit television miniseries, has died at the age of 77. McCullough turned... Read more



Ebony magazine seeks buyer for ‘African American Getty’ photo archive

Ebony magazine seeks buyer for ‘African American Getty’ photo archive CHICAGO, Jan 29 — A climate-controlled archive in Chicago holds 5 million images of what could be called the African American experience since 1942, including exceptional, intimate... Read more

Interview with Costa book prize winner, Helen Macdonald

Interview with Costa book prize winner, Helen Macdonald LONDON, Jan 28 — To help cope with her grief after her father’s sudden death, falconer and nature writer Helen Macdonald, who yesterday won the Costa book prize, locked herself in the house... Read more

Lisbeth Salander is back! ‘That Which Does Not Kill Us’ out in August

Lisbeth Salander  is back! ‘That Which Does Not Kill Us’ out in August STOCKHOLM, Jan 28 — A sequel to late Swedish author Stieg Larsson’s best-selling Millenium crime trilogy will go on sale in at least 35 countries from August, the book’s publishers said... Read more

Flying high! ‘H is for Hawk’ takes top Costa book prize

Flying high! ‘H is for Hawk’ takes top Costa book prize LONDON, Jan 28 — British author Helen Macdonald’s searing memoir about how she coped with the grief of her father’s sudden death by training a goshawk won the 2014 Costa Book of the Year... Read more


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A book vendor reads a book as he waits for customer next to portraits of Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) and late Chairman Mao Zedong, at an open-air fair in Juancheng county, Shandong province, January 30, 2015. — Reuters pic

A book vendor reads a book as he waits for customer next to portraits of Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) and late Chairman Mao Zedong, at an open-air fair in Juancheng county, Shandong province, January 30, 2015. — Reuters pic